Greatest Comedians of All Time

These comedians don't need to be the funniest necessarily (although they can be), but they should be voted up for also having groundbreaking or really intelligent ideas and/or great social,political or religious satire.

The Top Ten

1 Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

Greatest natural comedian of all time. His talent has never been repeated or recreated.

Watch his sketch on golf and you'll be crying of laughter in no time.

Robin williams is an awesome man.

A true comedy genius

2 Rowan Atkinson Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr.Bean

Other comedians have to say something to make people laugh, but Roman had done it. That's why there's no language barrier in his comedy.

Nobody has a talent to make people laugh without saying anything

There are a lot of people in the list that most non-English speaking people have never heard of; but when it comes to Mr. Bean, everyone knows him. He's made the people of every generation laugh. I can't think of anyone else topping him.

He made the world laugh without even saying much and he's also good with funny dialogues in his other movies.
This guy just defines comedy more than anyone else on this list.

3 George Carlin George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects.

Well I agree because he always made my parents and grandparents laugh there butts off because made everything that he hates so much funny before Richard Pryor and no offense to Richard Pryor I mean he is so funny I heard a joke from him once while my grandparents were watching it and I sneaked in and it was funny :P the end

Well, obviously he's up here. He was the first comedian to make rants about things that he hated funny

This should be 1 he is so funny

George has no line and he is partying in a pub beyond the line!

4 Louis C.K. Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and editor.

Words the great ideas he has for jokes perfectly to make them as funny as possible. He is a "comic's comic" and he is just so down to earth and can talk about any subject. I don't agree with 100% of what he says but still is highly intelligent and just a true professional comic. Louie is a great show as well

Comedic genius. Top 3 standup comedians of all time, and a prodigious T.V. writer to boot. Along with Dave Chappelle, he's the only comedian guaranteed to make me laugh or think hard whenever I see anything they produce, from standups to T.V..

1. Louis C.K.
2. Bill Burr
3. John Oliver

Definitely the best comeidan that is still active today. Extremely good at making people laugh.

5 Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ...read more.

This guy should be way higher! One of the best comedians of all time

You can laugh by just seeing him!

He is a giver. He gives himself all the time.

He's just the best

6 John Cleese John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report.
7 Andy Kaufman

He brought ideas for comedy into the mainstream and defined a lot of what comedy is today. Good number 1

Was the best

8 Ricky Gervais Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, director, producer, writer and former singer and manager.

Absolutely hilarious

9 Bill Burr William Frederic "Bill" Burr is an American comedian, writer, and actor. He is best known for his stand-up comedy specials.

Just... Just watch his opinion of Yoko Ono and you will see why this guy is amazing haha

10 Steve Martin Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, playwright, author, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.

How is he not on this list

The Contenders

11 Chris Rock Christopher Julius Rock III is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. After working as a standup comic and appearing in small film roles, Rock came to wider prominence as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the early 1990s.

This guy is so famous that I don't really have to describe why he is so good but I will anyway. His voice is one of the greatest voices ever, his ideas are just so true and his punchlines can just make an audience of thousands of people go psycho. This is because he builds up to his punchlines for so long that it creates the perfect amount of suspence and anticipation that would make anything he said funny.

12 John Oliver John William Oliver is an English comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. Oliver started his career as a stand-up comedian, both in the United Kingdom and United States.
13 Norm MacDonald

Put Norm in the room with any other comedian, he always comes out on top.

14 Bill Hicks William Melvin "Bill" Hicks was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and musician.

I always consider Hicks, Carlin and Stanhope to be the big three of intelligent, critical thinkers who should be president. Its too bad that Hick's career was cut short and he didn't survive long enough to see his predictions about the current world we live in be right.

Best comedian along side Carlin.

GOAT

15 Charlie Chaplin Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the silent era.

the greatest comedian ever born in the history ...no one can be such near to him

Was the first great comedian in the world! We should respect him for his tramp character! His greatest film The Gold Rush watch it and enjoy!

Best Comedian Of All Time

for sure better than jim carey in everything he did

16 Eddie Murphy Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. Murphy was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984.

Eddie was the first comedian to reach the apex of celebrity. Raw and Delirious are both among the greatest standup specials of all time. Eddie is top 5 hands down.

He is the GOAT believe that

The GOAT

17 Frankie Boyle Francis Martin Patrick "Frankie" Boyle is a Scottish comedian and writer, well known for his pessimistic and often controversial sense of humour.
18 Will Smith Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He is best known for his acting career overall. He has been in many popular movies, These include, but are not limited to, the Men in Black franchise, The Pursuit of Happyness, and After Earth. He is ...read more.
19 Patrice O'Neal

No one more funny in the room

20 Michael McIntyre Michael Hazen James McIntyre is an English comedian, actor and presenter. In 2012, he was reported to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world.
21 Jerry Seinfeld Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He was born on April 29, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for playing himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David. As a stand-up comedian, Seinfeld specializes ...read more.

So, where is Larry David?
Why is his sockpuppet in every comedy list but Laa

The greatest while using the simplest material!

Is the best

22 Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades.

Vulnerable, self deprecating brilliant

23 Larry David Lawrence Gene "Larry" David is an American comedian, writer, actor, playwright, and television producer.
24 Chelsea Peretti
25 Richard Pryor Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and social critic. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and topical contemporary issues, which employed vulgarities and profanity, as well as racial epithets.

He should be no lower than #2. Richard Pryor is the god of standup. He was Chappelle and Murphy before Chappelle and Murphy.

Prior is so far beyond anyone else on this list it's hard to give any merit to a list putting him so low on the list.

THIS IS THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME! What an insult you have him down at number 22

Pryor is 1 or 2. Ridiculous.

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